Saturday, April 29, 2006

 

Biological warfare, 1781

From Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow:

In late September 1781, General Lord Cornwallis, commander of the increasingly desperate British forces beseiged on the Yorktown peninsula, ordered that a number of black slaves* be infected with smallpox and sent into the American-French lines.

WTF!

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*The slaves had been induced to join the British by promises of freedom.

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That book has been sitting on my nightstand since last summer. Haven't cracked it yet.
 
I think it's time to crack it, gang. That's some crazy shit.
 
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